5 Things to Know: Rangers at Sabres

BY: DAVID KOLB

NEW YORK RANGERS (31-18-1) @ BUFFALO SABRES (20-20-9)
Game coverage begins at 7:00 PM on MSG

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  • New York is 5-5-0 in its last 10 games.
  • The Blueshirts are 17-7-0 on the road this season.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Matt Puempel shoots left and his last goal came against the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 23.

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  • Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan lead the Rangers in scoring with 38 points.
  • Zuccarello has tallied a point in eight of his last 12 games against the Sabres (four goals, seven assists).
  • He’s registered 18 points (one goal, 17 assists) over the last 17 games.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The last time Zuccarello scored multiple goals in a game was against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 28, when he found the back of the net twice.

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“In the second period we had that five-minute span there that I would say where we gave up four scoring chances and all four went in the net. There’s no doubt that we need to stop those kinds of breakdowns, but we also need a timely save.”

–Rangers coach Alain Vigneault reflecting on Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

In his post-game press conference, Alain Vigneault says the the Rangers were unable to take advantage of their early pressure and were made to pay after making costly mistakes vs. the Blue Jackets.

DID YOU KNOW?

AV has been the Rangers head coach since June 25th, 2013.

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Since Dec. 22, 2015, the Rangers own a 30-8-1 record in the game following a loss (regulation or overtime/shootout), including a 13-4-1 record following a loss this season.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The last time the Rangers clashed with the Sabres, Nick Holden scored the Blueshirts lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Buffalo.

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Coach AV is confident the Rangers can get back on the winning track.

Alain Vigneault stays positive and assures the media that he remains confident in his Rangers after analyzing their 6-4 loss to Columbus.